Pompeians in North Africa, Q. Caecilius Metellus Pius Scipio and P. Licinius Crassus Junianus, 47 - early 46 B.C.
Jupiter Terminalis on the obverse is copied from the coinage of Pompey the Great. The grain, scales and cornucopia advertise the properity of Africa. The curule chair commemorates the consulship of Scipio with Pompey in 52 B.C. Both Scipio and his legate P. Licinius Crassus Junianus fled by sea after the defeat at Thapsus but, trapped by the fleet of Publius Sittius, they committed suicide. After he pierced his body with his sword, some of his men unaware of his wound, asked about him, Scipio replied with his last words, which translate, "The general is doing well."RR71921. Silver denarius, Crawford 460/2, Sydenham 1048, BMCRR Africa 4, RSC I Caecilia 49, Sear CRI 40, SRCV I 1376, aF, toned, tight flan, banker's mark, weight 3.311 g, maximum diameter 17.6 mm, die axis 270o, African (Utica?) mint, 47 - early 46 B.C.; obverse METEL PIVS SCIP IMP, bust of Jupiter right, hair tied with band, hair and beard in ringlets, eagleís head left over scepter below, METEL PIVS before, SCIP IMP behind; reverse CRASS IVN LEG PRO PR, curule chair, scales balanced on cornucopia above, stalk of grain lower left, dragon head or carnyx lower right; from the Andrew McCabe Collection, ex Roma Numismatics E-Sale 11, lot 180; very rare;
Roman Republic, Marcus Aemilius Scaurus & Publius Plautius Hypsaeus, 58 B.C.
M. Aemilius Scaurus, in 62 B.C., as questor to Pompey, was sent against King Aretas but withdrew when Aretas paid 300 talents. Aemilius was curule aedile when this coin was struck. This was the first time a moneyer publicized an event from his own career on coinage. Later he was praetor and propraetor, lost a campaign for Consul, and successfully defended Cicero. In 52 B.C., he was charged with bribery and went into exile.
RR74130. Silver denarius, SRCV I 379, Crawford 422/1b; Sydenham 913; RSC I Aemilia 8, F, rough, weight 3.350 g, maximum diameter 18.0 mm, die axis 90o, Rome mint, 58 B.C.; obverse Aretas, King of Nabataea, kneeling beside camel raising olive branch with fillet, M SCAVR / AED CVR above, EX - S C at sides, REX ARETAS in ex; reverse Jupiter in quadriga left, reins in right, hurling thunderbolt with left, scorpion below, P HYPSAEVS / AED CVR above, CAPT on right, C HYPSAE COS / PREIVER in ex;
Roman Republic, Sextus Pompey, Younger Son of Pompey the Great, Imperator and Prefect of the Fleet, 43 - 36 B.C.
Although Sextus Pompey, the younger son of Pompey the Great, was the supreme naval commander, Octavian had the Senate declare him a public enemy. He turned to piracy and came close to defeating Octavian. He was defeated by Marcus Agrippa at the naval battle of Naulochus on 3 September 36 B.C. and executed by order of Mark Antony in 35 B.C.SH68395. Bronze as, Crawford 479/1, Sydenham 1044, RPC I 671, Sear CRI 366, Fair, weight 18.242 g, maximum diameter 31.2 mm, die axis 180o, Sicilian or Spanish mint, 43 - 36 B.C.; obverse MAGN (above, MA ligate), laureate head of Janus with the features of Cn. Pompeius Magnus; reverse prow of galley right, PIVS above, IMP below; $7.50 (Ä6.53)
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